Loop Labs delivered the 6 week Citizen Science Programme at Bonner Primary School in Tower Hamlets in Spring 2018. At the programme end, the children presented to an audience that included Councillors, local businesses, their peers, families and communities. And the best bit - they made this brilliant song about air pollution! Listen and learn :)
Loop Labs has joined forces with WearAQ to deliver a series of experimental and informative Air Quality workshops in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. In these sessions, participants use wearable technology to measure their perceptions and the subjective experience is recorded using tech devices that catalogue gestures. This data will be compared with measurements from highly calibrated pollution monitoring equipment and other data points like temperature, wind and humidity to look at correlations and contrasts.
WearAQ was launched to look at how school children could make sense of these complex issues and to consider how people might combine their innate subjective perception and intuition with wearable technology and machine learning algorithms to investigate air quality issues. The results of were impressive – 75% of the Marner children accurately predicted air quality in their local area
Throughout March and April 2018, Loop Labs and WearAQ would like to invite the wider Tower Hamlets community to attend this next phase of Pollution Explorer workshops. Using cutting edge technology and our subjective experience of the city to work together, we can increase awareness and build collective agency to constructively deal with complex issues like air quality.
To join a workshop, please register here: https://goo.gl/forms/Yc9YWzbGpNt609iQ2
Recent Projects - June / July 2017
The Urban Citizen Science program was delivered to 23 year 5 pupils at St Helen's School in Brixton.
The school is situated next to a main road in central Brixton, one of Lambeth's air quality hot spots, and the local council have been working with them on strategies for reducing pupils' exposure to air pollution in arrange of ways, including a formal air quality monitoring program (for both NO2 and particulate matter) and plans to install a 'green screen' of plants on the wall between the playground and Brixton Road.
We are a non-profit organisation founded by former London Deputy Mayor, Nicky Gavron. The UCS is project managed by Iram Quraishi. School deployment and lesson plans are designed by Caroline Hardman. Community engagement and support was delivered by Kabelo Thomo. Programme evaluation and guidance was provided by Han Pham of Intel Labs Europe.